Posted on 9th June 2014

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“It was the day my grandmother exploded”: An Iain Banks retrospective from Kaite Welsh

Writing my top ten living Scottish authors last week was a bittersweet experience – while I stand by my list, there was name that felt conspicuous by his absence.

Posted on 4th June 2014

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Kaite Welsh’s Top Ten Scottish Writers

The problem with identifying your top ten British authors is that there are so many to choose from – you’d think narrowing it down to a specific country would make it a bit easier. That proved not to be the case, so I limited it to Scottish authors who are alive at the time of…

Posted on 20th May 2014

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Kaite Welsh’s Top 5 Independent Scottish Publishers

In the past decade, Scotland’s independent publishing scene has flourished. Using the deeply scientific metric of ‘how many of their books do I have?’ I’ve picked my top five, but if any others would like to prove their worth by sending me free books, I’d like to go on the record as being completely OK with that.

Posted on 13th May 2014

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Radical Voices – the independence referendum and Scottish literature

In her first piece as Guest Editor on Fiction Uncovered, Kaite Welsh takes a look at the Scottish literary scene and what affect Scottish independence could have on British literary culture.

Posted on 6th May 2014

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Guest Editor announced for May: Kaite Welsh

We are delighted to announce that Kaite Welsh will be contributing to the Fiction Uncovered website as our Guest Editor for the month of May. We are asking authors, journalists and friends of Fiction Uncovered to contribute opinion pieces and reviews on a monthly basis for the duration of this year’s promotion. Check the website, Twitter…

Posted on 16th May 2013

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How I Killed Margaret Thatcher

Given recent events, the title of Anthony Cartwright’s third novel, How I Killed Margaret Thatcher, is either unfortunate or a macabre stroke of marketing good luck. Described by the Telegraph as a “nasty little book”, it actually has less to do with Thatcher’s death, vividly fantasised about by the child protagonist, than about the death…

Posted on 20th March 2013

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Amity & Sorrow

In Peggy Riley’s début novel Amity & Sorrow, three women escape a cult and the charismatic leader who preached that the end is nigh. Amaranth flees her husband, his forty-nine other wives and the cult in which she raised her two daughters, Sorrow, who has the gift of prophecy, and Amity, who hovers on the…

Posted on 5th March 2013

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Ghostman

For a man who can change his appearance and personality almost by force of will, the unnamed protagonist of Roger Hobbs’s skillful debut novel is both memorable and an engaging narrator. The Ghostman – if he has a real name, it’s not one he cares to share – is not a man you can find…

Posted on 29th January 2013

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Deathless

“Haven’t you ever heard a story about Koschei? He’s only got the one. Act One, Scene One: pretty girl. Act One, Scene Two: pretty girl gone!” Russian folklore, revolutionary rhetoric and the power of storytelling intertwine in Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless, in which a young girl finds herself whisked away from Stalinist Petrograd by Koschei…